Late winter to early spring is my favorite time in the church calendar. There is only one football game left, spring sports have not started, and it is too early to camp. In this season, we have a window of opportunity to connect with one another in a more consistent way, to refresh old friendships and foster new relationships. These connections are not fringe benefits of the faith life but a necessary ingredient in the life of a Jesus follower.
I am convinced the good life is found in being a part of a community of people who know us and love us…in being a family. Here’s the catch: Families only work if members show up and give themselves to one another. Jesus said it like this, “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:12-13)
Making time to connect with each other won’t cause us harm, but after two years of masks and social distancing, it may feel like a giant middle-school mixer — awkward and a bit vulnerable. Nevertheless, we all need connection, and as a church, this is the time to go for it.
Here is my challenge: In addition to worshiping on Sunday morning, make a commitment over the next six weeks to attend at least one of the following activities:
These are not “programs” we are trying to fill; they are opportunities for us to be family together. Opportunities for us to love and be loved. Opportunities for us to meet Jesus in the gathering of his people.
See you there.